Westridge shooting accused found by police in Noosa
UPDATE: Detectives have charged a man following investigations into an alleged firearm incident at a Kearneys Spring shopping centre car park on May 27.
Police alleged that just before 1am, a man driving a suspected stolen vehicle demanded a sum of cash from three men in the car park on West and Charnley Sts.
They say the man became involved in a physical altercation with the trio, during which he discharged a firearm into the rear windscreen of their vehicle.
The 25-year-old male driver sustained a minor injury to his right hand during the incident.
As a result of investigations into the matter a 29-year-old man was taken into custody in Noosaville on Sunday afternoon.
A 29-year-old Rockville man has been charged with one count each of acts intended to cause grievous bodily harm, assault occasioning bodily harm, dangerous conduct with a weapon, discharging a weapon in a public place, unlawful use of a motor vehicle, unlawful possession of a firearm, wilful damage, three counts of threatening violence and two counts of assault.
He is due to appear in Maroochydore Magistrates Court on May 30.
EARLIER: A man and woman are due to front court on Monday after a dramatic arrest in Helidon on Friday.
A 22-year-old Toowoomba man and 25-year-old Oakey woman have been charged with a raft of offences after they were arrested on Airforce Rd at Helidon.
The pair was arrested after they were spotted driving an allegedly stolen car on the Warrego Hwy.
Officers attempted to intercept the vehicle but they evaded police.
Police deployed stingers on Airforce Rd which stopped the car before the duo then allegedly attempted to steal another vehicle from a passing motorist.
The attempt failed and they were arrested at the scene.
The man will face four counts of stealing, two counts each of dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, unlawful use of a motor vehicle and fail to stop, and one count each of burglary, receiving tainted property, attempted unlawful use of a motor vehicle, driving without a licence and obstruct police.
The woman has been charged with two counts of stealing, and one count each of burglary, unlawful use of a motor vehicle, attempted unlawful entry of a motor vehicle, receiving tainted property, obstruct police, and contravene a requirement.
10AM: The hunt for a man who shot up a car in a suburban car park before fleeing in a stolen vehicle continues.
Toowoomba detectives believe a 29-year-old man fired a gun into a car at the Westridge Shopping Centre about 1am on Friday.
It is understood three men aged 25, 26 and 28 had arranged to meet the man in the car park for a drug deal.
A fight broke out between the two parties before the 29-year-old shot at the car, shattering the back windscreen and injuring the 25-year-old.
The three men fled and were followed by the man in a silver Land Rover Discovery which had been stolen from a Highfields property on Tuesday.
The trio reported the incident to police which sparked a manhunt across the region and led to the arrest of a man in Helidon about 12.20pm yesterday.
Police were still hunting the 29-year-old.
The dramatic arrest unfolded when patrolling officers located a stolen black Toyota Prado on the Warrego Hwy, driven by a man linked to the shooting.
"Police have identified him as a person who was, prior to the shooting, involved in refuelling the Discovery vehicle," Darling Downs Acting Detective Inspector Paul McCusker said.
"The male driver in that vehicle is believed to have refuelled the Discovery at a Toowoomba service station.
"He has not been charged with the shooting."
A short time later, the burnt-out shell of the Discovery was found in an abandoned quarry pit at Bowenville.
"We believe it is the car used in the shooting," Act. Det. Insp. McCusker said.
He said the 29-year-old man was known to police.
Police said the shooting was not a random incident and there was no ongoing danger to the community.
5.30PM: The dramatic arrest of a man and woman in the Lockyer Valley this afternoon has been linked to a Kearneys Spring shooting.
A black Toyota Prado seen driving on the Warrego Hwy about 12.20pm today sparked a short pursuit before police stingers stopped the vehicle.
A man and woman were arrested, with detectives connecting the man to the Westridge Shopping Centre shooting early this morning.
Police will allege the man was involved in a fuel theft from a Toowoomba service station moments before the 1am incident.
Police said the man had refuelled the Land Rover Discovery before driving off without paying.
That same vehicle was used as the getaway car from the Westridge shooting incident.
Darling Downs Acting Detective Inspector Paul McCusker said the man was tied to the shooting incident, but was not the gunman.
He has been charged with a raft of offences including break and enter, unlawful use of a motor vehicle and evade police.
The recovered Toyota Prado had been reported stolen from a Lilyvale property on Wednesday during which a house was entered and keys taken from inside.
Meanwhile the hunt for a 29-year-old man continues.
3PM: Detectives have located the burnt-out shell of the vehicle they believe was used to flee the scene of a shooting incident overnight.
The burning Land Rover 4WD was found dumped in Yalangur this afternoon, with multiple Queensland Fire and Emergency Services units called to battle the blaze.
The gunman remains at large, with police stepping up the search for the 29-year-old suspect.
Scenes of Crime officers are examining the remains of the vehicle.
It had been reported stolen from an Old Goombungee Rd property at Highfields earlier this week.
10AM: Police have allayed community concerns a shooting incident at a Toowoomba shopping centre overnight was a random attack.
Investigating officers do not believe the incident at Westridge Shopping Centre shortly before 1am was a random incident and said there was no ongoing danger to the community.
Police said a gun was fired into a car parked at the shopping centre at the corner of West and Charnley Sts about 12.50am after a physical altercation.
One of three men inside the vehicle was injured before the trio fled in a car which was then followed by the alleged shooter.
Police said the man, possibly driving a stolen 2011 Land Rover Discovery, followed the trio to the intersection of James and Ruthven Sts.
That was the last confirmed sighting of the vehicle.
Investigations are continuing. Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
8.20AM: Police believe the man who shot up a car parked at a suburban shopping centre may have fled in a stolen vehicle.
The 29-year-old alleged offender fled the Westridge Shopping Centre after firing a round into another car with three men inside.
Police are investigating whether the incident was a drug deal gone wrong.
One man, 25, suffered a minor injury to his hand but did not require medical treatment.
He had been in the target car with two other men, aged 26 and 28.
The alleged shooter fled the scene in a stolen grey 2011 Land Rover Discovery wagon, with Queensland registration 893RUZ.
7.20AM: A man is on the run from police after shooting up a car parked at a suburban shopping centre, hitting one man.
Initial information suggests two cars had been parked beside each other in the Westridge Shopping Centre car park about 12.50am.
A 29-year-old man in one vehicle has then allegedly fired a round into the other car with three men inside.
One of the men, 25, suffered a minor injury to his hand in the incident.
The 29-year-old then fled the scene.
The alleged shooter is believed to be known to police but remains at large.